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  • The seafood capacity crunch

    Which comes first, capacity or market? Is air cargo capacity put in place to serve an existing need, or by becoming available can it create a whole new type of demand? Colin MacDonald, chairman ofClearwater Seafoods Inc, clearly thinks the latter is the case in his home market of Halifax, Nova Scotia.

  • Transnet costs box lines $4m as fruit shippers charter conventional reefers

    South Africa’s embattled fruit exporters have made good on their promise to look at alternatives to container shipping services affected by wind problems at Cape Town Container Terminal, and will transfer some volumes to conventional reefer ships later this year. A group of 14 major exporters including Capespan, Dole, and Asda-owned International Procurement & Logistics, have contracted with shipowner NYKCool to charter four conventional reefer vessels to coincide with the beginning of the p...

  • Singapore’s Changi Airport seeks growth with gold: Tuna

    Along with many other airports around the world, Changi Airport is looking to perishables, pharmaceuticals and high value goods such as gold to boost volumes, hoping that rising wealth in Asia will contribute to this goal.  In the first quarter, volumes fell 2.2%, but the airport is hoping to attract more cargo through its Coolport facility, while Dnata’s new perishables centre will open later this year. It has already seen a rise in seafood transhipment, from Indonesia to Japan, while it e...

  • Russian demand drives Argentina fruit export growth

    The production and sale of Argentinian fruits and vegetables is beginning to rebound after a year in which the sector's problems continued to deepen; loss of competitiveness due to rising costs and lower demand, especially internationally because of the global economic crisis. According to a report by consultancy IES, the first quarter of 2013 yielded results that show an improvement, for starters, in the quantities produced. As for the harvest, the data show a 3.8% rise in fruits, driven by the...

  • Will the reefer trade go bananas over new design for larger-capacity vessels?

    A new conventional reefer ship design, potentially offering considerably higher loading capacity and far quicker port loading times, has been launched, targeting the banana trade between Latin America and Europe. The design – the result of the co-operation between veteran industry executive Birger Lindberg Skov, managing director of Reefer Intel, and one of the world’s largest ro-ro vessel operators, Stena – brings to the reefer trade the quarter stern ramp loading system often used in the ro-ro...

  • Applications of Microbiological Risk Assessments in the Food Chain

    The EHEC O104:H4 epidemic outbreak in Northern Germany in the spring of 2011 has shown the great vulnerability of the consumer to emerging pathogens having acquired a deadly combination of virulence factors and being introduced into the food chain through unexpected gateways. The observation that infected sprouted seeds were on the origin of the German outbreak and the French cluster of hemolytic uremic syndrome was crucial to implement the necessary control measures. Although EHEC O104:H4 has n...

  • Global Food Losses and Food Waste

    This study highlights the losses occurring along the entire food chain, and makes assessments of their magnitude. Further, it identifies causes of food losses and possible ways of preventing them. The results of the study suggest that roughly one-third of food produced for human consumption is lost or wasted globally, which amounts to about 1.3 billion tons per year.